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James ‘Radio’ Kennedy, man who inspired award-winning movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr., dies at 73

first_img Written by December 16, 2019 /Sports News – National James ‘Radio’ Kennedy, man who inspired award-winning movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr., dies at 73 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailinga/iStock(NEW YORK) — James “Radio” Kennedy, the man with an intellectual disability who inspired the award-winning movie starring Cuba Gooding Jr., has died at 73 years old.Kennedy became a nationwide icon after a Sports Illustrated article, which highlighted his friendship with Harold Jones, the former head coach of the football program of T.L. Hanna High School in Anderson, S.C., was published in 1996.Gooding Jr. later won the NAACP Image Award for Best Actor and was nominated for the award for Best Actor in the Black Reel Awards for the 2003 movie Radio based on Kennedy’s life. The movie was also nominated for an ESPY.Kennedy died Sunday morning while in hospice care after battling health problems for some time, ESPN confirmed with Jones. He had been living with his niece, Jackie Kennedy, and younger brother, George Kennedy, Jones told the sports station.Kennedy was given his nickname after showing up to football practices in the 1960s and 1970s while holding a transistor radio to his ear.Jones and other coaches befriended him after he would mimic them on the sideline.“It’s sad. It’s very sad for us,” Jones told ESPN. “Everybody loved him at the school and anybody he met loved him. He was just so outgoing and loved to hug you.Kennedy was inducted into the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016, and a life-sized bronze statue was unveiled of him a decade earlier.“Generations of Hanna students and faculty have had an opportunity to know Radio,” a description on the school’s website reads. “Everyone has a story to tell, some of them priceless.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Shift Safety Officer

first_imgDue to the nature of this position, qualified candidate musthave a background free of felony convictions, crimes of violence ormoral turpitude. Qualified candidates must also have a cleandriving record, a valid Florida driver’s license, and “D” licensefrom State Division of Licensing. Each candidate has to meet theUniversity’s standards for approved drivers. Unacceptable drivingrecords may include the following (for three years from the date ofeach occurrence):More than 3 moving violations and/or accidents in threeyears.More than 2 moving violations and/or accidents in anyyear.A major conviction in the last three years, including (but notlimited to) driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of anaccident, reckless driving, and/or homicide or assault by motorvehicle. Maintaining security and safety of campus personnel (students,faculty, staff, contractors, etc.) and property by patrolling andsecuring buildings, checking building security, safeguardingproperty, monitoring access control, and responding to emergencyconditions.Conducting investigations of incidents or conditions of safetyand security relevance. Completing thorough and accurate reportsand department paperwork in a timely manner.Enforcing rules, regulations, and policies on campus in aprofessional, courteous manner.Providing services for campus personnel such as escorts,special watches and information. Acting as campus liaison afteruniversity business hours.Providing assistance at special events. ScheduleThe Embry-Riddle safety and security department is a 24/7 operationwhich must be staffed at minimum levels at all times. Unscheduledovertime is required as needed or when special university detailsoccur. Shift Safety Officers may be required to work one or more ofthe following 10-hour shifts with three days off per week:A shift 07:00 – 17:00B shift 13:00 – 23:00C shift 22:00 – 08:00QualificationsRequired Qualifications: Please apply online, upload a resume, and provide contactinformation for three professional references. Ability to ascend several flights of stairs in a buildingemergency.Ability to walk quickly or run from one portion of campus toanother.Must be able to walk or stand during the course of a shift whenrequired.Must be able to sit, in confined space, for extended periods oftime.Much of the Shift Safety Officer’s time will be spent outdoorsmonitoring campus safety and thus will be subject to weatherconditions at the Daytona Beach, FL location. Prior law enforcement, military police, public safety oremergency services experience is desirable.Associate’s degree preferred. Preferred Qualifications: Job DescriptionEmbry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Safety and Security Officeis looking for a qualified Shift Safety Officer to staff 24/7operations at the Daytona Beach campus. Shift Safety Officersprovide general safety and security to the campus community byconducting continual preventive patrols by vehicle, foot, and golfcart providing lock and unlock services, investigating anddocumenting incidents, enforcing rules & regulations, andresponding to emergency conditions.Responsibilities include the following: Driving and Background Requirements: Physical requirements for this position include thefollowing: High School Diploma or GED.At least 1-3 years of related work experience.Excellent verbal and written communication abilities.Ability to write legibly, speak clearly, and manage multipleand sometimes stressful tasks (involving radio, phone, and personalcommunications) at the same time.A pre-employment drug screening is required and candidate issubject to random drug screening during employment period.last_img read more

Alexa Rosen Crowned Miss Night in Venice

first_imgAlexa Rosen was crowned 2014’s Miss Night in Venice on Tuesday.The public chose Rosen by donating the most money to charity in her name. In this contest, votes are cast in the form of dollars and coins dropped in donation buckets at local businesses bearing each candidate’s photograph.The contest raised money for four charities: the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Food Cupboard, the Sunshine Foundation for chronically ill children and the Ocean City High School After-Prom.Rosen was sponsored by Johnson’s Popcorn.The other top contestants were:1st Runner Up: Gabriel Building Group, Shannon Jackson2nd Runner Up: Shriver’s Salt Water Taffy & Fudge, Erin McMurray3rd Runner Up: Uncle Bill’s Pancake House, Charity Beckert4th Runner Up: Obadiah’s & Yesterday’s, Lauren Greinerlast_img read more

Update on labor talks

first_imgThe contract between Harvard University and its largest union, the Harvard Union of Clerical and Technical Workers (HUCTW), expired on June 30. While work on a contract has continued, the talks have shown no sign of nearing an end. The Gazette spoke with Marilyn Hausammann, vice president for human resources, and Bill Murphy, the director of labor relations, about the state of the negotiations.GAZETTE: Where do the talks stand right now?MURPHY: We’re continuing to negotiate. Since expiration of the agreement, we have met on numerous occasions, sometimes with the assistance of a mediator.GAZETTE: Could you elaborate on the kind of activity taking place during negotiations?MURPHY: Presently, formal meetings are being held at least once per week. And between meetings, we’re in contact with each other either via email or phone calls. I think both sides are meeting with their respective constituents and spending a lot of the time in between meetings preparing for negotiations. I think there’s a sense of urgency. I think both sides would like to have an agreement.GAZETTE: Last week, Marilyn, you sent a letter to senior managers across the University that included many details of the University’s initial offer. Why did you decide that now was the time to share that information?HAUSAMMANN: It’s been more than three months since the expiration of the contract, and a lot of managers have been fielding questions about the status of the negotiations from members of the union, and wanted some sense of what was happening from the University’s perspective. We’ve also heard directly from many union members, a dialogue that is important and that we appreciate. So we felt that it was time to reach out and share our perspective more broadly.MURPHY: I’d also add that it’s not unusual at different points in a negotiation — especially one that’s gone on for so long — to start informing your managers and your senior leadership about the issues being discussed at the negotiating table.GAZETTE:  How would you characterize the University’s offer right now?MURPHY: Our wage offer is very competitive and fair to employees who are represented by the union and to employees across the University as a whole. It’s consistent with what the rest of the Harvard University workforce has received. It’s also competitive with any peer institutions that we’ve looked at.GAZETTE: What would this offer mean for the average HUCTW worker?MURPHY: In the aggregate, the contract would represent a 2.8 percent wage increase for HUCTW workers in the first year of the contract alone. That is on par with agreements we’ve reached with seven of our other unions over the past year and a half. Moreover, any employee with a year of service making below $50,000 a year would see a wage increase of around 3 percent in the first year because of the progressive structure of our wage agreements with the HUCTW. That’s very competitive and exceeds inflation.GAZETTE: That’s wages. How about benefits?HAUSAMMANN: The changes we have proposed to the active health plans are what I would describe as relatively modest changes to co-pays along with changes in the deductible and out-of-pocket maximums for out-of-network coverage. That’s an important point, since our networks are very broad. More specifically, we’ve proposed an increase in the co-pay for office visits from $15 to $20. Small increases to pharmacy co-pays were also made. These changes took effect for the vast majority of the people in the University on Jan. 1, and they are consistent, if not more generous, than what we see in the marketplace.GAZETTE: Are you proposing any other changes in health coverage?MURPHY: No, we are not changing the benefit itself. It’s really essentially looking at curbing growth in the cost of care, which, you know, all employers are struggling with. Our benefits still rank in the top 25 percent, so we think it’s a fair and reasonable offer.GAZETTE: How does HUCTW compensation currently compare with both the internal and external job markets?HAUSAMMANN: It compares very favorably. We mentioned that compensation is on average at the 75th percentile. That is on a par with organizations that typically are awarded “best employer” status.MURPHY:  The University is proud of its progressive approach to health care. For example, HUCTW members have access to a co-pay reimbursement program that’s unrivaled by our peers.  Also, with Harvard paying such a large share of the health insurance premium — as much as 85 percent for people making less than $70,000 — that’s progressive. Having a tiered system based on employee salary levels puts us in the minority of employers.GAZETTE:  “Near the top” and “very favorable” and “the top 25 percent.” But you know Harvard has a $30 billion endowment. Why isn’t it No. 1 in this area?HAUSAMMANN: Like all employers, our compensation is based on the value of the job in the marketplace. The offer we have on the table for HUCTW members compares very favorably to the marketplace. I would also observe that we do find ourselves in constrained financial circumstances. The endowment is still 20 percent below what it was before the global economic downturn, and we anticipate severe constraint on virtually every source of revenue to the University in the years ahead. But even given these constrained financial circumstances, we’ve put forward what I would describe as a very fair, very strong offer.MURPHY: We have a whole array of traditional and work-life benefits that are different than a lot of employers. We’ve instituted policies over the years that greatly benefit our employees in a number of ways that go beyond just wages.GAZETTE: For example?MURPHY: Well, tuition assistance, child-care scholarships, adoption assistance. We have transportation funds, help for people with low-interest loans, sometimes no-interest, through the credit union for HUCTW members. Work security benefits for layoffs that are very generous. So there are a number of different programs, all of which cost money, and our investments in our workforce go beyond what we pay people in terms of wages.GAZETTE: Let’s go back to health care for a moment.HAUSAMMANN: We have made changes to health care in recent years. The changes we’ve made carefully considered the impact on our people. That’s why we first focused on administrative changes like self-insurance and consolidating our health care providers. Changes like these saved a lot of money, and were intended to reduce the impact felt by faculty and staff. The changes we’re making to premiums this year are done in such a way to minimize the effect on employees earning less than $70,000 per year. All of that says to me that we’ve worked hard to make great health care available in an affordable way.GAZETTE: OK, but still — look at all of the initiatives announced recently. There are construction cranes working all around campus. EdX and renovating the College residential Houses. Isn’t that evidence that the University’s finances are fully back? Why aren’t we talking about something that’s ahead of the curve in terms of compensation for this contract?HAUSAMMANN: It’s important to point out that we have committed to raising money to cover initiatives such as edX. Our investments are a sign of our priorities. The projects that you hear about help advance our educational mission. That isn’t to take away from our staff — we offer very competitive pay, very competitive benefits, and we’ve made an extremely strong offer to the union when you consider the market. We always need to ask ourselves how we will preserve this institution for future generations. This isn’t just about the initiatives that you cite: the building projects, edX, or whatever. Carefully stewarding our resources is a way to help people build careers, offer competitive compensation, and strengthen the Harvard community for the long term.MURPHY: There’s certainly no danger of this particular segment of our workforce falling behind in the wage market with our proposal, which more than keeps pace with inflation. But it’s important to note we’re not pointing to the current economic climate and making an argument to reduce or suppress wages. What we’re offering is competitive, no matter how you look at it. You can look at it internally, you can look at it externally, you can compare it to inflation. However you want to look at it, it’s a competitive offer. And we know other unions have accepted the same type of proposal and considered it to be fair.GAZETTE: What’s your prognosis for the talks at this point?MURPHY: We’ll continue to work at it. We’re going to continue to exchange ideas on both benefits and wages. Those are the two biggest issues.HAUSAMMANN: I think that there is confidence in our long-standing, positive relationship with the union. I think we should be optimistic.last_img read more

Honoring Charles Ogletree

first_imgIt felt like a family reunion — with 600 relatives.That many friends, former students, colleagues, and well-wishers gathered Monday in a joyful celebration of the life and career of Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree, advocate for Civil Rights, author of books on race and justice, and mentor to former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama.Last year, Ogletree ’78, the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law and founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, revealed he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.Accompanied by his family, Ogletree attended the symposium in his honor hosted by the Law School (HLS), where he has taught since 1984. He walked in to a standing ovation that lasted several minutes. Affectionately known as “Tree,” Ogletree smiled, shook hands, and high-fived and hugged friends and colleagues, many of whom had traveled across the country for the ceremony.And when John Manning, the Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law at HLS, announced that a group of Ogletree’s friends had established an endowed professorship in his honor, the Charles J. Ogletree Jr. Chair in Race and Criminal Justice, the news brought down the house.Anita Hill reflects on Ogletree’s decision to represent her during Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings to the Supreme Court. “He really had his job and his career on the line, but Charles agreed.” Photo by J. Graham PearsallAddressing Ogletree in the audience, Manning told him, “There will never be another you, but we will search high and low to find an Ogletree Professor who shares your excellence and commitment and who will bring honor to that distinguished chair.” The chair was made possible through the generosity of a group of Ogletree’s close friends, said David Wilkins, Lester Kissel Professor of Law.“When the history of Harvard Law School in the 20th century is written, Charles Ogletree’s name will be among the first ones mentioned,” said Wilkins. “Creating the Charles J. Ogletree Chair in Race and Criminal Justice will be a way to ensure that Tree’s impact will always be remembered by future generations of HLS students.”Panelists discussed many facets of Ogletree’s career, as a brilliant Law School student, an attorney committed to advancing Civil Rights and social justice (including an eight-year stint in the District of Columbia Public Defender Service), and as a dedicated teacher who taught students that law can be a tool for social and political change. The panelists told stories to “bring home the Tree-ness of Tree,” as Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law, explained.Ogletree first achieved celebrity as moderator of “Ethics in America,” a television series in the late 1980s, but his name became well known around the country in 1991 when he represented Anita Hill during Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearings to the U.S. Supreme Court. For Hill, now University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University, having Ogletree’s thoughtful counsel was crucial.“Charles had a difficult decision to make,” said Hill of Ogletree’s decision to represent her. “He was up for tenure. He had a lot on his plate, and being involved, on my behalf, in a sensational public hearing may have made some faculty uneasy. He really had his job and his career on the line, but Charles agreed. I know of no one who is more generous, more principled, more unpretentious, and more intelligent than Charles Ogletree.”To his colleagues, Ogletree was the role model of an attorney committed to Civil Rights, social justice, and equality for all. He represented the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa race riot as they sought reparations, advocated for victims of racial profiling, and spoke in favor of reparations for descendants of African slaves. At the Law School, he founded the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute to honor the 1922 HLS graduate who worked to dismantle Jim Crow laws, trained Civil Rights champions Thurgood Marshall and Oliver Hill, and spearheaded the legal strategy to end segregation in public schools.Former governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick ’78, J.D. ’82, speaks of Ogletree’s accomplishments during the symposium. Photo by J. Graham PearsallTomiko Brown-Nagin, Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law, said, “Throughout his career, Ogletree has embodied law in the service of society, just the same as other great beacons of the American legal profession, men and women like Thurgood Marshall, Constance Baker Motley, and Charles Hamilton Houston.”At the Law School, Ogletree is considered an extraordinary teacher. He founded the Criminal Justice Institute, which trains student lawyers to represent indigent defendants in the Boston area, and he is legendary for the “Saturday School” program he founded to expose minority students to important legal issues. Ogletree said Barack Obama, J.D. ’91, was a regular participant in the program.Another frequent participant was Obama classmate Kenneth Mack ’91, the Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law. Mack said he learned about Houston in a Saturday School class. It was a time, he added, when few people knew about the lawyer whom Ogletree deemed one of the 20th century’s greatest legal minds and Civil Rights lawyers.“There is a fundamental connection between these two towering figures, Charles Hamilton Houston and Charles Ogletree,” Mack said. “Houston brought speakers to Howard Law School to educate students, and Tree held the Saturday School program to educate us. I realized how committed Tree was to Houston’s legacy.”Deval Patrick ’78, J.D. ’82, former governor of Massachusetts, spoke of Ogletree’s example as an advocate for justice and equality who has lived up to his values.“It’s one thing to be an advocate for issues around social and economic justice, and that’s enormously important,” said Patrick. “It’s a different level entirely to live those values, and that is what Charles has been about. I look at my colleagues on this panel, and every one of them has, at key points, not only in their lives but in the lives of our communities and our nation, stood up and stood for something. And each of them, each of us has derived some strength from the example of Charles Ogletree.”For Loretta Argrett ’76, a retired lawyer who traveled from Washington, D.C., to celebrate with Ogletree, the event felt like a family reunion.“These are people dear to each other,” said Argrett, looking at the packed room. “We all have a connection to each other and to Ogletree. Each of us owes a debt of gratitude to Ogletree, who was a trailblazer in more than one way. We have an obligation to support his legacy.”last_img read more

Eating popcorn at home with Joanne Chang

first_img Joanne Chang breaks down sugar In the days before COVID-19, the crush of cars clogging the Southeast Expressway just outside Joanne Chang’s downtown home, a corner loft in Boston’s Leather District, never bothered the baker who prefers biking to and from her Flour bakeries around Boston whenever she can.The home of Chang ’91 is accented with rows of windows, books on architecture and cooking, a bike in the corner, works of art here and there, along with an occasional whimsical touch including a small plastic T. rex planter on her dining room table sprouting what looks to be some kind of succulent, and a tray filled, unsurprisingly, with stamps of various types of kitchen knives.The vibe is bright and fun, like Chang herself, who is quick with a laugh and a smile and just as quick to point out that enjoying yourself while you cook or bake is key to finding your inner kitchen Zen. She recently put that philosophy into practice, taking a rare break from her bakeries to prepare something for the Gazette in her own kitchen.In her streamlined galley she whipped together sticky-bun popcorn, a hack of the wildly popular sticky buns made with brioche dough that shot her to fame when she beat celebrity chef Bobby Flay with her version of the sweet treat in 2007. Chang’s popcorn recipe can be found in her latest cookbook, “Pastry Love,” which honors some of her decadent and delicious favorites more suitable to make at home.,“What I love about cooking with popcorn is honestly, everybody loves popcorn,” said Chang, who often makes big bowls of it with her husband and Flour co-owner, Christopher Myers. “When I make this recipe, if we don’t end up eating it all and I bring it to work, everybody just dives in.”Chang has been sharing the pastry love during the pandemic lockdown and continued as things have gradually reopened, hosting a regular live baking session on social media. Each week she posts a recipe on the Flour website then takes viewers through it step by step with a livestream on her Instagram account on Sunday evenings at 7. Related The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Home for dinner (and breakfast and lunch) Members of the Harvard community share their favorite holiday dishes center_img Deck the halls and set the table Flour Bakery owner-chef goes beyond sweet in ‘Science and Cooking’ lecture Classes were online, but home-cooked meals were right on the table Sticky bun popcorn3 tablespoons vegetable oil (such as canola)¾ cup unpopped popcorn kernels2 cups pecan halves, toasted¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar1½ sticks unsalted butter¾ cup honey½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract½ teaspoon kosher salt¼ teaspoon baking soda¼ teaspoon ground cinnamonPreheat the oven to 350 degrees and place racks in the center and bottom third. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set them aside.In a very large pot with a lid, heat the oil over high heat until hot. Add the popcorn kernels, cover the pot, and reduce the heat to medium-high. Shake the pot every few seconds until you start to hear the popping. As soon as you hear it popping, shake the pot constantly. When the popping slows down to one pop every few seconds, turn off the heat but keep shaking. When you hear one pop every 5 or 6 seconds, remove the pot from the stove and dump the popcorn into a large bowl. Remove and discard any unpopped kernels. Add the pecan halves to the popcorn.These next few steps go quickly, so be sure to have all the ingredients and equipment at hand. Return the pot to the stove and add the brown sugar and butter. Heat over high heat until the butter melts. The mixture will get foamy and start to color. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula, for 3 minutes — the color will deepen a shade and it will smell rich and delicious. Add the honey and bring back to a boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. (The caramel goo will bubble up and foam a bit from the reaction of the baking soda with the sugar.)Drizzle the caramel goo over the popcorn-pecan mixture and toss to distribute well, until the popcorn is evenly colored. Spread on the prepared baking sheets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheets and switching their positions midway through the baking time, until the nuts are deeply toasted and the popcorn smells fragrant.Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheets on a wire rack. When the popcorn cools, it will be crunchy and crispy. Break the popcorn into bite-size clusters after it cools.Sticky bun popcorn can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.last_img read more

EMC Recognized as a Clear Leader in Gartner’s 2015 Deduplication Backup Target Appliance Magic Quadrant

first_imgFor years, industry analysts have recognized Data Domain as a leader for backup deduplication – and, to help ensure this continues, we’ve remained focused on innovation in our products and continuous improvement on delivering a great experience for our customers. Since last year, Gartner has been tracking vendors in its Magic Quadrant for Deduplication Backup Target Appliances and we believe its second report validates our position as the leader in this space. What Have We Done to Be a Leader in the Quadrant?There are several areas in which Data Domain stands apart from the competition. With high-speed, variable-length deduplication, Data Domain reduces protection storage requirements by ratios of 10 to 30 times. This can enable customers to completely eliminate tape from their backup infrastructure. Additionally, the broad DD Boost ecosystem and the introduction of EMC ProtectPoint software, the industry’s only storage integrated data protection solution, to deliver 20x faster backup directly from EMC primary storage to Data Domain systems contributed to its leadership position.Also noteworthy are our customers’ favorable views of Data Domain’s reliability, functionality, and ease of use. The reliability of Data Domain can be attributed to the Data Invulnerability Architecture, built into every Data Domain system to ensure data is accurately stored, retained, and recoverable.For example, at WSFS Bank, EMC provides a comprehensive business continuity and data protection solution. Critical applications are highly available and, as a result, IT can offer stellar customer service to its end users and banking customers. Avamar and Data Domain streamline backups significantly at the Bank, eliminating impact on production systems that could compromise service. The key is deduplication of data before backing it up.John Bailey, Lead Core Infrastructure Engineer, WSFS, notes, “Source-side deduplication is huge for us. We can now back up in a third of the time it used to take us.”Dave Mayne, Production Support Manager at WSFS Bank adds, “Our old backup systems required a lot of hand-holding. We easily spent 12.5 hours a week on backup operations. Now, since the EMC solutions are so automated and reliable, backup administration only takes 5 hours weekly on average.”Jason Berkowitz, Vice President of Technology Services at WSFS Bank gives further testimony about how EMC has helped it strengthen its reputation and assure a premium level of service to its customers. “At WSFS we strive to add value with every interaction,” he said. “Our partnership with EMC has given us the opportunity to add the value that our customers deserve.”Watch: report from Gartner comes hot on the heels of news that EMC has also been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2015 Enterprise Backup Software Magic Quadrant. With tight integration between our data protection software and Data Domain systems, EMC provides a complete end-to-end solution with best of breed technologies to protect data wherever it lives, whatever happens.View the full report from Gartner, 2015 Deduplication Backup Target Appliance Magic QuadrantLearn more about Data Domain Protection Storage for Backup and Archive.Learn more about the complete portfolio for EMC data protection solutions.Disclaimer: This Magic Quadrants graphics were published by Gartner, Inc. as part of larger research documents and should be evaluated in the context of the entire documents. The Gartner document is available upon request from EMC. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.last_img read more

Employees just want to fit in with your credit union

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: Details Just a short while ago, my kids started first grade. I’m amazed at how much information they are absorbing.  And I do my best to funnel the information they receive.My wife and I hope to empower them to be smart, independent people who look out for their fellow man.  I also hope they aren’t the subject of a COPS episode.  So we try to teach them life lessons whenever we can.But here’s the thing – they often teach Mandy and me a few things. Take this photo for example.  This was from a few years back. It looks nice enough.  Smiling kids.  No scratch or bite marks, at least on that day.But did you notice Briggs?   He’s holding his purse.  Kate has a wonderful purse that she treasures above all other things.  Briggs saw her one day with a purse, and announced that he wanted a purse as well.  I told him that purses are for girls, but I didn’t really press the issue.Well, he somehow found that bag and adopted it.  It became Briggs’ purse.  I told him, gently, that girls use purses.  Men use wallets.  And manly men use money clips.  (I use a wallet, by the way.)  Briggs replied that “Daddy has a purse.”  I simply dropped the matter.Later that week, I was getting ready for work.  I went through my goodbye routine, which consists of a round of tickling, kisses and hugs.  As I walked away, Briggs said the following.Daddy, I want a purse like yours. I realized that I had my messenger/computer bag slung over my shoulder.  Here’s what it looks like:You know, that’s a purse.  Apologies, Briggs.I’ve thought about this a bit.  It must be so hard to be a three-year old. For a six-year-old, all you want to do is fit in.  You want to be like Mommy and Daddy. Like your sister.  Like Gamma and Grandpap.  You look for clues.  Kate has a purse.  Mommy has a purse.  And so does Daddy.  And so it must be for new employees.  They start a new job, and they want to fit in.  They want to succeed.  There’s the employee handbook.  There’s orientation.  But they’ll look to see what managers, directors, executives and board members do.  What they say.  How they act.  How they behave.They are always watching. And that’s a good thing to remember.last_img read more

First it was a pool, now it is a money saving device

first_imgMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoGarden Room House in New Farm Picture: Christopher Frederick Jones“Bruce and I have very complimentary skills … so it was a very harmonious process from the design, right through to the build,” Ms Stalker said.“He ran a really great site and got some really beautiful work out of the people that were on-site.”Ms Stalker, an architect of 29 years, and Mr Carrick, a graduate of architecture and industrial design, and also a furniture maker, decided that their underused pool needed to be repurposed.“It was consuming so much energy, and the kids just stopped using it and then we questioned why we were keeping it,” Ms Stalker said.The couple then decided to recycle the pool as a water tank under the living room slab and also use part of it to create a water garden at the back of the home.“We want to use passive systems that don’t require extra energy,” she said.Other ways that the couple used sustainable design was to recycle a lot of the existing house into their new home.They re-used all of the decking by slicing each plank in two and using them as slats for sunshading, they also re-used a lot of the hardwood and recycled the pool fence as balustrading.“In terms of general design we worked very hard to make the house look quite simple and to be efficient in our use of materials,” Ms Stalker said. Garden Room House in New Farm is one of the many homes available to be seen on Sustainable House Day — September 17. Picture: Christopher Frederick JonesA RARELY used swimming pool turned into a no-cost hydronic heating/cooling system is just one of the clever sustainable home designs you can see first-hand on September 17.The re-purposed pool is one of the many sustainability ideas that Caroline Stalker and her husband Bruce Carrick used when designing their home renovation at New Farm.Known as the “Garden Room House”, the home is one of many environmentally friendly houses that will be open to the public as part of Sustainable House Day on September 17.The national event, run by the not-for-profit organisation Alternative Technology Association, gives the community the rare chance to see inside some of the most environmentally friendly homes. For more information, to register for a tour or to view profiles of this year’s homes, visit sustainablehouseday.comCaroline Stalker said she and Mr Carrick had a fantastic time designing and building their Garden Room House and were already planning another home in the not so distant future.Not only did the couple design the home themselves, they also built it themselves, their first venture into being so hands on.last_img read more

ECB action having unintended effects in Netherlands – DNB

first_imgHe acknowledged, however, that the objection applied chiefly to the Netherlands and “maybe a number of other countries”, while the ECB’s monetary policy was aimed at the euro-zone as a whole.Knot said he had explained to ECB board members that the Netherlands was now debating a new pensions system, but he said they were left “unimpressed”, as combined pension assets are twice the country’s GDP. He also ruled out the possibility of granting concessions on the discount rate for liabilities – by raising the ultimate forward rate (UFR), for example.“Any adjustment,” Knot said, “would be shifting effects between the generations of pension funds’ participants. DNB’s only task is to set a realistic rate, taking potential future growth and inflation from which returns and risk-free rates are derived, into account.”Frank Elderson, supervisory director for pension funds at DNB, argued that adjusting the discount rate was the last thing the watchdog should do.“We can’t just add pension assets by magic,” he said.Knot added that the current defined benefit promises were what made the Dutch pension system so susceptible to low interest rates and reiterated his call for a quick switchover to a new system without fixed promises. The European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to lower interest rates to make more savings available for the economy is having the opposite effect in countries such as the Netherlands that already enjoy high savings levels, according to Klaas Knot, president at Dutch regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).Knot, speaking at DNB’s annual report presentation, argued that the low-interest-rate environment encouraged people to increase saving for their pension rather than to spend money, as the ECB intended.He also questioned whether the impact of quantitative easing on the economy had been positive, “as the effect of growth decreases the more stimulus is applied, while side-effects might also increase”.Knot argued that, if people save a significant amount for a specific purpose, such as a pension, they tend to save more as the returns on existing capital decline, resulting in uncertainty over the chances of achieving the savings target.last_img read more

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